Saturday, December 31, 2022

Quote of the Hour: Papa Was a Rolling Stone

His marriage, unfortunately, was about the only successful event in Marcus Bierce's life. Tall, shambling, and slow to speak, he dutifully excelled at the two family distinctions: making babies and living long lives. It was the more prosaic business in between that seemed to baffle him. At various times a farmer, a shopkeeper, a property assessor, and - somewhat hilariously, given his own lifelong struggle against poverty - a county overseer of the poor, Marcus dutifully labored in the vineyards and churches of mid-nineteenth-century America.

 - Roy Morris, Jr., Ambrose Bierce: Alone in Bad Company, p.10

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